What's Happening: Jan. 27 — Feb. 2

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Today’s generation lacks hope

This is difficult to write. One does not want to showcase his dark side. Yet, truth must out. Here’s my dirty little secret. I have good friends who are New Mexico bankers. Yes, among that despised crowd with their imperial debit card charges and overdraft criminality are those who seem to be pretty good people. […]

Operation Dark Night helps prepare forces

USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom U.S. soldiers with the 3rd Special Forces Group, simulate dragging a wounded soldier to safety during a training exercise Sept. 20 at Melrose Range. The training consisted of several different scenarios and was designed to prepare the special operators for situations they could encounter on real world missions. By […]

In search of ponies: Stowaway cats meet adventure

Sharna Johnson The dark pockets and crevices, nooks and crannies surely held a plethora of mystery and fun, or that’s how it must have looked to Kisten anyway. Several hours later, whatever fun might have hidden there was long gone as Kisten — wide-eyed and dropping thousands of stressed follicles by the minute — climbed […]

a view from under the pew: a night s dark deep hole

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. a night s dark deep hole boss i may have told you thisbut […]

County leaders still in dark on earning trust

Freedom New Mexico It’s been nearly three months since Curry County voters overwhelmingly rejected grandiose plans to build a $33 million judicial complex. Yet recent actions tell observers our county leaders have no clue about how to instill public trust in their decision-making on these important projects. A few weeks ago a hopeful sign surfaced […]

Portales outage leaves estimated 1,800 homes dark

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Cynthia Clark (left) and Terry Dawson read a newspaper Saturday while waiting at the Memorial Building for power to be restored at their home. An overloaded substation blew about 3 a.m. and Xcel crews have been working all day to restore electricity. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An estimated […]

Terror from home invasion spree still lingers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A small noise startled Donna Foster awake. As she looked around her dark bedroom, she saw the outline of two heads in the doorway and as she realized someone was standing beside with a gun pointed at her head. Quickly the man pulled the covers up and over, holding […]

First person: Painting Portales’ history

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dale Hamlett of Portales taught art at Eastern New Mexico University for 18 years and made a historical map of Portales during his time there. Dale Hamlett of Portales turned his childhood dreams of becoming an artist into a reality. After studying art for several years in Chicago and Albuquerque, […]

Feral cats growing issue

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Darrin Floyd has appealed to his landlord and the city’s Animal Control for help with a feral cat colony that has taken over his neighborhood on North Prince Street. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As dark settles, they begin to prowl, abandoning sun-drenched patches in exchange for […]

Police investigating Dairy Queen robbery

CNJ staff Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said the Dairy Queen restaurant in the 2200 block of Main Street was robbed about 8 p.m. Thursday by two males wearing white Halloween masks and dark clothing. According to Whitney: • witnesses said the suspects had bags wrapped around their hands and claimed to […]

Storms producing funnel clouds, road flooding in Quay County

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Chelle Delaney, Freedom New Mexico This funnel cloud was spotted near Quay Road AK, or Three-mile Road, east of Tucumcari about 2 p.m. Wednesday. The cloud touched down briefly several times, but no damage was reported. By Chelle Delaney, Freedom New Mexico A funnel cloud was spotted over Tucumcari about 2 p.m. Wednesday as dark […]

Jesus provides light in darkness

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Kansas and parts of Oklahoma and Texas have been in the news lately because of the heavy rains. We had an experience in Kansas years ago when the rain was heavy and the tornadoes were threatening. But just to note how long ago that was, it was before emergency lighting […]

Portales police searching for robbery suspect

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By Freedom Newspapers The Portales Police Department released this composite sketch of a suspect in Thursday’s armed robbery of Quality Sales store in Portales. The description is a Hispanic female, late 30s, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall with a heavy build. She was wearing an oversize loose-fitting T-shirt and blue pants. Her hair was […]

Second Portales robbery reported

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A knife-wielding robber who held up a Portales real estate office a few weeks ago may have struck again Thursday, according to Portales Police. Police received a report of an armed robbery at Quality Sales, 612 E. Second St., Portales, shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. According to police, a female […]

Some like it hot

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Becky Queener, 22 of Clovis, sits in the sun during her shift a lifeguard at Potter Park Pool. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Freedom Newspapers With summer around the corner and temperatures climb toward triple digits, staying cool can be a challenge — even more so when it involves working outside. Here are profiles of six […]

Jesus gives support, comfort in times of grief, crisis

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I have heard news last week of much sadness: a baby dies and a wonderful young man killed in car accident. I have no words of wisdom and pressed for words of comfort for these situations. I just know that we have an advocate, Jesus Christ. Perhaps this illustration will […]

11/25 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. a new attitude for bertie the other day boss i ran across little bertie woeworm – actually i tried to avoid him but he spotted me anyway you remember bertie boss he s the […]

Light shed on gender differences

Bob Huber: Local Columnist So there I was, crying myself to sleep last week with a lingering summer flu, when I decided in my delirium to write a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. I searched for a deep, scholarly theme that would incorporate today’s most nagging social problems, and finally settled on three issues: love, war, and […]

10/11 Local Roundup

Staff reports Woman’s identity remains unclear Clovis police are still working to identify a woman found Friday in an alley in the 3100 block of Ross St., according to Capt. Ron Hutchison of the Clovis Police Department. The police have not received any calls that could shed light on the woman’s identity, Hutchinson said. She […]